Andrew Burke

(1944 - / Melbourne / Australia)

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Andrew Burke is a contemporary Australian writer.

His poetry has been included in Western Australian and Australian anthologies.

Early in his working life, Burke pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and Creative Director, switching to academia as a literature and creative writing lecturer in middle age. He has lectured in Australia and China, and read his poetry to audiences of all ages in the United Kingdom, Singapore, China, and throughout Australia.

Andrew Burke has had five collections of poetry published, and has also had short plays on the boards, songs on CD, and short stories and less reliable prose published in magazines and fish'n'chip ... more »

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Duet At Shanxi Normal University Linfen, China

As I walked out late along Paragon Road
among students going hither and thither,
I heard a trained voice – male, operatic –
singing quietly to itself, ‘Maria, Maria’,
then Mandarin lyrics. I couldn’t understand
so I asked, ‘You sing “Maria”?’
He shook his head. I said, ‘You know,
“Maria” from West Side Story ...’ He
shook his head some more – so I sang
and he joined me and we sang
down Paragon Road to the gate,
my ‘Maria’, his Chinese song.

At the gate, between smiling sentries,
I tapped him on the shoulder and said,
‘Same melody has got me ...

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